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Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Robert S. (University of Southern California, USA) Ellwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Introducing Religion explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. Providing a broad overview to the discipline of religious studies this textbook introduces students to engaging and contemporary topics such as: sociology of religion psychology of religion history of religion religion and art religious ethics popular religion religion and violence Thoroughly updated throughout this fifth edition includes images, further reading, a detailed glossary, cases studies and key terms for revision. This is the essential textbook for students approaching this subject area for the first time.

Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Introducing Religion Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Robert S. (University of Southern California, USA) Ellwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Introducing Religion explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. Providing a broad overview to the discipline of religious studies this textbook introduces students to engaging and contemporary topics such as: sociology of religion psychology of religion history of religion religion and art religious ethics popular religion religion and violence Thoroughly updated throughout this fifth edition includes images, further reading, a detailed glossary, cases studies and key terms for revision. This is the essential textbook for students approaching this subject area for the first time.

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

Author: Mu Peng Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

This book explores how, unlike in the West, the daily religious life of most Chinese people spreads without institutional propagation. Based upon more than a decade of field research in rural China, the book demonstrates the decisive role of rites of passage and yearly festival rituals held in every household in shaping people's religious dispositions. It focuses on the family, the unit most central to Chinese culture and society, and reveals the repertoire embodied in daily life in a world envisioned as comprising both the yin world of ancestors, spirits, and ghosts, and the yang world of the living. It discusses especially the concept of bai , which refers to both concrete bodily movements that express respect and awe, such as bowing, kneeling, or holding up ritual offerings, and to people's religious inclinations and dispositions, which indicate that they are aware of a spiritual realm that is separate from yet close to the world of the living. Overall, the book shows that the daily practices of religion are not a separate sphere, but rather belief and ritual integrated into a way of dwelling in a world envisaged as consisting of both the yin and the yang worlds that regularly communicate with each other.

Les Y zidiz

Les Y zidiz

Author: Joachim Menant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Les Y zidiz

Les Y zidiz

Author: Joachim Menant Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

The Irony of Modern Catholic History How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform

The Irony of Modern Catholic History How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform

Author: George Weigel Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

In The Irony of Modern Catholic History, acclaimed Catholic scholar George Weigel offers a bold reinterpretation of the Church's history since the nineteenth century, completely overturning conventional wisdom about the relationship between Catholicism and modernity. For much of the nineteenth century, both secular and Catholic leaders assumed that the Church and the modern world were locked in a battle to the death. The triumph of secular modernity-democracy, liberalism, mass education, religious freedom-would finish the Church as a consequential player in world history, and it would lead inevitably lead to the death of religious conviction. But today the Catholic Church is far more vital, and far more consequential, than it was 150 years ago, when Pope Pius IX retreated into the Vatican, forced to surrender the Italian lands the popes had ruled for centuries. And even in today's modern world, secularism is the exception, not the rule. In The Irony of Modern Catholic History, Weigel reveals how the encounter with modernity, rather than killing Catholicism, ultimately made the Church more coherent and less defensive. While previous histories of Catholicism posit modernity as the sole protagonist and Catholicism as a reactive force, Weigel asserts that Catholicism was a protagonist in this drama in its own right. He introduces readers to a remarkable cast of churchmen, intellectuals, and public figures whose actions drive both Catholicism and modernity forward - from the revolutionary Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) to the still-disputed work of the Second Vatican Council to the close collaboration of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Weigel highlights two great ironies: the first is that modernity has led Catholicism to rediscover its own evangelical or missionary essence. And the second is that Catholicism, long derided as the antithesis of the modern project, has developed intellectual tools that can help rescue modernity from deconstructing itself into an incoherence today. A richly rendered, deeply learned, and powerfully argued account of two centuries of profound change in the Church and the world, The Irony of Modern Catholic History ultimately reveals how Catholicism offers the twenty-first century truths-about the inherent dignity and value of every human being, about our moral obligations and responsibilities-essential for our survival and flourishing.

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Author: Celia Wolf-Devine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Naming God explores the way gender structures our understanding of that reality which transcends our experience. It is intended to promote reflection and to avoid an adversarial us versus them approach by presenting a variety of perspectives, looking at the reasons offered by each and trying to bring them into dialogue.

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Naming God Selected Readings Representing Differing Perspectives

Author: Celia Wolf-Devine Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Naming God explores the way gender structures our understanding of that reality which transcends our experience. It is intended to promote reflection and to avoid an adversarial us versus them approach by presenting a variety of perspectives, looking at the reasons offered by each and trying to bring them into dialogue.

The Rhetoric of Faith Irenaeus and the Structure of the 'Adversus Haereses'

The Rhetoric of Faith Irenaeus and the Structure of the 'Adversus Haereses'

Author: Scott D. Moringiello Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

The Rhetoric of Faith argues that the structure of Irenaeus's opus mag-num, the Adversus Haereses, is the argument of the Adversus Haereses. Through a close reading of Irenaeus's text, as well as through a com-parison with Greco-Roman rhetorical texts, Scott Moringiello argues that Irenaeus structured his argument around the articles of the faith of the Church and that this structure builds on tropes found in the Greco- Roman rhetorical tradition. The argument focuses on the Adversus Haereses, although it does be-gin with some discussion to put Irenaeus in the context of second cen-tury Christian literature. Moringiello concludes with a discussion of Ire-naeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching. Other scholars have provided introductions to Irenaeus's work, and other scholars have argued for the structural unity of the Adversus Haer-eses. No other scholar, though, has argued that the faith of the Church is the basis of Irenaeus's argument. This argument, then, presents an im-portant contribution to the field of Irenaeus studies. Beyond the study of Irenaeus, though, The Rhetoric of Faith offers a contribution to the field of early Christian studies. It argues that the field should focus more on how early Christian authors make their ar-guments by attending to the theologically-informed rhetorical strategies they use.

Strengths in Diverse Families of Faith Exploring Religious Differences

Strengths in Diverse Families of Faith Exploring Religious Differences

Author: David C. (Brigham Young University, USA) Dollahite Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

This book explores how religious families draw on their spiritual beliefs, religious practices, and faith communities to help them strengthen their marital relationships and their parenting. Using in-depth interviews from eight religious groups - Asian American Christian; Black Christian; Catholic and Orthodox Christian; Evangelical Christian; Jewish; Latter-day Saint; Mainline Protestant; and Muslim - the book uses the interviewees' own words to show how their religion impacts their lives and influences their relationships. The book also includes an introductory chapter which describes the study and the sample; a conceptual chapter which places the empirical chapters in theoretical context in sociological study of religious families; and a concluding chapter which describes how the editors and authors developed respect and admiration for religious cultures other than their own. Drawing on such a diverse group of religions in America, this book will be of interest to those studying individual religious groups, as well as wider ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Marriage and Family Review.

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation From Nation-State to Market

Religion, Modernity, Globalisation From Nation-State to Market

Author: Francois (University of Fribourg Switzerland) Gauthier Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

This book argues that the last four decades have seen profound and important changes in the nature and social location of religion, and that those changes are best understood when cast against the associated rise of consumerism and neoliberalism. These transformations are often misunderstood and underestimated, namely because the study of religion remains dependent on the secularisation paradigm which can no longer provide a sufficiently fruitful framework for analysis. The book challenges diagnoses of transience and fragmentation by proposing an alternative narrative and set of concepts for understanding the global religious landscape. The present situation is framed as the result of a shift from a National-Statist to a Global-Market regime of religion. Adopting a holistic perspective that breaks with the current specialisation tendencies, it charts the emergence of the State and the Market as institutions and ideas related to social order, as well as their changing rapports from classical modernity to today. Breaking with a tradition of Western-centeredness, the book offers probing enquiries into Indonesia and a synthesis of global and Western trends. This long-awaited book offers a bold new vision for the social scientific study of religion and will be of great interest to all scholars of the Sociology and Anthropology of religion, as well as Religious Studies in general.